Over the last 5 years, several voices within the “Christian” business world have been trumpeting an urgent and important message about “Kingdom Business” and “Marketplace Ministry” to business owners, marketplace leaders and entrepreneurial individuals.
Kingdom Business Message
Hearing and receiving that message requires a shift in mindset from “business-as-usual.” From a practical perspective, many are ambivalent about the role of faith and spirituality in business. From a theological and mindset perspective, the challenge for us is to rethink some of our assumptions about the purpose of life and our place in history.
Yeshua (Jesus of Nazareth, the Jewish Messiah) preached the gospel of the Kingdom of God, not just our over-simplified and truncated gospel of Salvation, which has created generations of spiritually alive, but culturally, politically and economically irrelevant people.
The Gospel of the Kingdom is not a new gospel, simply the overlooked one that is the passion of God’s heart because it escapes the confines of traditional religion and impacts people with the reality of God’s desire for us to experience His pleasures and His will in all areas of life! God’s Kingdom is evidenced wherever His authority, power, creativity, compassion, wisdom, justice and abundance are seen.
Influencers like Lance Wallnau, Michael Pink, Os Hillman, Rich Marshall, Johnny Enlow, Linda Fields, Ed Silvoso, the late but prolific and insightful Myles Munroe, and others remind us that God’s desire is for Believers to get out of the pews, out of the “4 walls of churchianity” and into business, media, government, education, family, faith, arts/entertainment (sometimes called the “7 mountains of culture”) with excellence, skill, passion, compassion and authority.
Kingdom Business Mindset
At the same time, there has been increasing awareness of a need to get rid of the poverty and “retreat” mentality that has kept many from reaching their potential and impacting the world as representatives of God’s Kingdom. The idea that God uses human beings (us) to create, discover and become solutions to very real problems in all spheres of society is new/news to many.
Taking dominion in the sphere of influence our Creator has given us to “rule”, not through force, but through persuasion and excellence, requires rethinking biblical principles of stewardship (like Yeshua’s Parable of the 10 Minas in Luke 19:11-27) and active dominion implied by His teaching to “occupy until I come” as something relevant to this age.
Strategic applications of knowledge, skill, willingness to risk and multiply what we’ve been given, along with the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, discernment and hearing from Heaven, are increasingly crucial as God manifests His presence on earth through His followers.
There are now thousands who understand that business (as well as every other arena of influence) matters to God and that business people are not second-class members of God’s Kingdom, only useful for funding church growth projects, but are called specifically to use their gifts, talents and even spiritual callings to influence in many ways, including impact the world economically, not just spiritually. In fact, impacting society positively IS part of one’s spiritual service to God and others.
Now aware of the WHAT and WHY of the need to approach business with a different mindset, most have had little training in HOW to accomplish that outside of traditional educational structures. They NEED to know effective business building, success mindsets and practical marketing (especially leveraging the power of the internet and, specifically, cutting edge social media strategies) as well as accessing encouragement and training for budding entrepreneurs and developing leaders.
Kingdom Business Purpose
This is the purpose of this site: to increase awareness of the need for a “Kingdom mindset” for you as a business owner or entrepreneur who claims to follow Yeshua, and to equip you in your task, providing critical resources, thought provoking articles and live training webinars and teleseminars, as well as access to some of the greatest thought leaders in “Marketplace Ministry”, “Kingdom Business” and the strategic use of “Social Media.” (Note: This is intended to be a place where both agreement and respectful debate are welcome…here at this intersection of business and faith.)
Some Guiding Principles:
3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
Prov. 22:4 By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life.
2 Timothy 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
Matthew 7:12 So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
May God grant you His Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation as you become all He has called you to be as His World-Changer and History-Maker.